Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Windbeutel: 1992 Volkswagen Golf

The Mk II (2nd generation) Volkswagen Golf was introduced in 1983 as a 3-door and 5-door hatchback and was produced through the 1992 model year.  It featured basic front drive economy and was a slightly more refined (albeit heavier) version of the original Mk I Golf.  Find this 1992 Volkswagen Golf offered for $6,400 in Middlebury, VT via craigslist. Tip from Carter.


Powering the basic Golf is a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that puts 105 horsepower into the front wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox.  It might not be motoring nirvana like a GTI, but it'll rack up miles without pummeling your kidneys or wallet.


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5 comments:

  1. I had a 89 Diesel bought from a fellow @ work motor had alot of miles i was going to Bates tech school for diesel as a hobby managed to get injector pump resealed for school cost,biggest problem car leaked water from rain in the PNW. Had it to several glass shops never managed to get it fixed 100% Fun car road very nice good way to learn to drive a slow car fast 40-45mpg

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  2. $ 5200 and he does not tell us the age of the tires, I assume no A/C and the condition of the clutch, muffler, & brakes are not mentioned? I had several of these and loved them and how they rode. My kids learned to drive on them. They were a nice ride and roomy inside for that small exterior

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  3. These were pretty good cars in their way, for their time. I had a 1986 mark2 which would cruise at about 85 with adequate air conditioning, turning around 3400 rpm. Even though there was a lot to recommend the Honda Civic during the life of the Mark 2 Golf, I doubt they had the long-distance cruising ability these had.

    The car overheated and ate a head gasket, and like JB1025's leaked water, I mean, 2-inch-deep puddles in front of the backseat--I think the culprit was the seals around the doors, instead of around the windows, in my case. The oxygen sensor was also in frequent need of replacement.

    If I remember the dash layout right, the blanking plate on this car is where the radio was, not the HVAC controller. I think the factory radio was a tiny bit bigger than DIN size, or had a face that was, anyway. It was also very easy to steal things, including the radio; once mine was pulled, the dash and trim never fit together perfectly again, even with a replacement OEM radio. So the only way this thing is a timewarp awesome concours de vortex car is if you find a whole new dash, most likely.

    My Mark2 met its demise when someone stole it for a joyride and ditched it, smelling of smoke, possibly beer, and definitely urine, in Watts. By then, it had no KBB value so I surrendered title to the city. But it left me with a great question: if you hotwire a car, how do you turn it off (if you don't want to just lug the engine to death or run it out of gas)?

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  4. Pull the wire to the coil. Engine shuts off.

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  5. I had an '87 GTI from about 93-02ish. It was a great car mostly. Mine leaked a little bit, there are 2 layers of door seals. The first one is part of the 'rain gutter' like trim and goes from the cowl up the A pillar and ends at the back of the front door. In the late 90s they were like $350 to replace, I never did. The regular door seal around the actual door opening will hold most water out in dry climates anyway.

    My GTI succumbed to a failing gearbox. The 5th gear on the 5 speeds was kind of an afterthought. They replaced a plate on the end of the 4 speed box with a cup, making room for another gear. They warp, and leak. I fed it gear oil for a long time, replaced the seal a few times. It was still drivable, but definitely not ok when I let a buddy talk me into letting him buy it. He promptly blew up the box by running it dry (I'd told him at length what was going on). After he put a junkyard trans in it, he banged up the body doing who knows what. When he sold it, I almost took it back, but the body and interior had gotten so thrashed I didn't want it anymore. I've thought about getting another over the years, but the quality of them continues to go down. This one is pretty damn clean. If you were going to throw aftermarket goodies at it anyway, the difference between a Golf and a GTI isn't much. Gear ratios I guess.

    A note to DT, the mk2 generation was 85-92 in the US. 83-84 was still the mk1 Rabbit here.

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